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Febrile Fits / Febrile Convulsions

Written by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD  | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Sep 29, 2022
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Fever is one of the most common symptoms that can occur as a result of any type of infection. In children, fever can occur quite abruptly and the temperature can be very high. The thermostatic mechanism in babies and young children is underdeveloped and that is why febrile episodes in children can be dangerous. Febrile fits otherwise called febrile seizures or febrile convulsions can cause a lot of concern among parents because of its sudden onset and frightening nature.

Febrile Fits

What are febrile fits?

Febrile fits denote the convulsions that occur in children in the age group of 6 months to 5 years. By definition febrile fits should not include the convulsions precipitated by infection of the brain tissue or its coverings.

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Febrile fits can occur as a one-time episode but sometimes recurrences occur in the specified age group. A febrile fit occurs in relation to the rapid rise in body temperature and is not related to the duration of the fever or the degree of temperature. If the parent has had febrile convulsions the chances of the child having febrile convulsions is around 10% and this is increased if both the parents have had a history of febrile fits.

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Pravakakarla

My neice is 3 years old and whenever he gets a fever he has a seizure. He falls unconsious imediately. Its been twice since the last 8 months. He has been checked by every possible doctor..its really embarassing seeing a lil kid like that falling unconsious in our hands. Can u plz suggest how can dis be prevented. He is using a syrup named epitom now

sherlee

iam 17 years old when i get up early in the morning and go to sleep late at night i feel like fits and i'm suddenly unconscious after that i feel giddiness what is it ? is it a fits or hysteria

ennairam_23

Febrile fits are scary.

achuadi

I am 13 YEARS OLD HAVING HEADACHE SINCE 2 YEARS. I GET CHECKED my EYES- THEREIS NO PROBLEM AND HEAD XRAY ALSO HAS BEEN TAKEN ENT SEPECIALIST SAYS THERE IS NO PROBLEM IN me. BUT my PROBLEM IS NOT SOLVED. IS THIS BEGINING STAGE OF FITS Iam WORRIED VERY MUCH AS Iam FACING 10TH CLASS EXAMS IN THE COMMING YEAR.PLEASE HELP ME OUT IN THIS REGARD


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Archana N Koushik

vjay10

i have getting fits in sleep..from 15 years iam using somany types of tabs and also in xray,scanning ecg ...there is no reult...please give me solution..only in night sleeping time only...after getting fits morning time i will get headeach ful...my fits time is just 2 or 3 minutes only....give me solution please...iam a villager student now ihave 22 years.this problem iam suffering from when iam studying 5thclass....this is my problem.....B.vijaykumar(mca)

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